Article Title

The sector speaks: New research shows that patient education can reduce falls by up to 50%

Abstract

Preventing falls is a high priority for older people and their health care team as unintentional falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalisations in Australia. In Australia 91% of hip fractures are associated with a fall and one year following hip fracture approximately half these patients are unable to walk independently.

Clinicians and researchers are now aware that falls are the most common adverse events reported in hospitals with Australian and UK research showing that one third of reported patient safety incidents are due to slips, trips and falls, with older patients significantly more likely to fall. When older people fall over in hospital up to 30% sustain a physical injury, compared to falls-related injuries sustained in the community where approximately 10% of falls cause injury.

Keywords

falls prevention, patient education

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